MEET DR. HAIDER:
MORE ABOUT WORLD SIGHT:
World Sight is a Non-Profit organization that works to establish pop-up surgical centers in rural communities within developing nations. Our focus is on sustainability; we hire physicians local to each developing nation, and these physicians travel from their city-centers to rural communities to perform free surgeries for folks who would otherwise be unable to receive medical care.
We do not pay US-based surgeons to travel to remote areas, as this tends to be a temporary solution to a chronic problem. We do not allocate our funds towards building "World Sight" facilities; rather, our "pop-up" eye camp model sets up surgical weekends within pre-existing infrastructure.
We currently have World Sight eye camps in Tanzania, Ghana, Madagascar, Pakistan and Iraq.
In 2015, we hope to add Ethiopia and Bangladesh to this list. With your help, this is only the beginning; thank you for your support!
WHO IS CLIMBING?
Dr. Ali Haider: World Sight's founder, a global humanitarian and a phenomenal human being (check him out in the video above).
Graham Cooke: Louisville native and global humanitarian, former bookstore owner and attorney...and a great storyteller!
Dr. Arwa Alsamarae: Ophthalmology resident at Henry Ford Hospital, lover of poetry; sometimes embodies the excitement of a five-year-old!
Haifa Haroon: Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist in Detroit, podcast addict, consumer of a "socially appropriate" amount of Nutella!
Amena Qureshi: Healthcare consultant living in Chicago, loves the outdoors and volunteering, excels at party planning (likely even on Kili)!Akram Alsamarae:
Recent Biomedical Engineering graduate and amateur photographer; training for Kili while navigating the job application world!Zeeshan Bhatti:
Biology & Economics pre-medical student, avid practitioner of pumping heavy iron, about to lose all his gains climbing Kili! Bilal Ahmed:
Senior in undergrad at the University of Pikeville majoring in Biology and Psychology, tennis fanatic, passionate superhero fanboy!Louella Starr:
Retired interior designer, lives in sunny San Clemente, CA,
training for Kili by playing tennis, hiking, and wrestling her grandkids!
WHY MOUNT KILIMANJARO?
World Sight has already worked to establish our connections in Tanzania; our Tanzanian physicians have been holding "pop up" surgical weekends and have helped thousands. Our team is headed to our Tanzanian eye camp this summer to conduct a public health survey and to document the great work of our Tanzanian surgeons; we figured that while already there, we would take the opportunity to see Tanzania from the "roof of Africa."
This journey will be a new one for us all. However, our team has a few things in common: we are all amateur hikers who are way in over our heads AND we all love World Sight and don't have to think twice about climbing the fourth highest mountain in the world to raise awareness and funds for our global community.
Your support for this cause truly means the world to us, and YOU are part of the reason we will make it to the peak!
WHERE TO CONNECT:
Visit our website for more information: http://www.worldsightnow.org
"Like" our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/worldsight
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldsightnow